Every fall, the National Playwrights Conference undertakes the selection process anew. In September, we put out a call to writers from around the country to send us their work, and a record number of playwrights responded. A record number of 1,300 plays were submitted for consideration for the summer conference. After many months of reading, re-reading, reviewing, and correspondence, seven new plays were chosen for development at the conference. (They are joined by one invited project). If you haven't already seen the season, please visit our 2015 Conference Page!

We wish that we were able to support and develop all of the deserving work that rose to our attention during the selection process. We hope this site will be a small way to lend our support to these writers and their work. These plays rose through an anonymous, multilevel selection process with readers from the O'Neill family and our select Artistic CouncilIf you love new plays, we recommend you take a careful look through this list as it is the top 60 out of over 1,300, which we believe represents some of the best playwriting in the country today. The diversity and craft in this group is remarkable!

You can see the Full Finalist List. Many of our finalists have filled out a profile, which may include a sample of their play and their contact information.

From time to time, we may post good news about our finalists below. If you have news to share, please contact us.

The Retardedly Boring Misadventures of Apathy Boy at ANT FEST

posted May 11, 2015, 9:31 AM by Lexy Leuszler, Literary Manager

Congratulations to Skylar Fox and Simon Henriques! The Retardedly Boring Misadventures of Apathy Boy will be part of will be part of Ars Nova's ANT FEST. More info here.

How to Steal a Picasso by William Missouri Downs at Unicorn Theatre

posted May 1, 2015, 12:12 PM by Lexy Leuszler, Literary Manager

Congratulations to William Missouri Downs! His play How to Steal a Picasso will get its world premiere at Unicorn Theatre in January 2016. For more info, click here

Many finalists selected for Bay Area Playwrights Festival!

posted May 1, 2015, 12:07 PM by Lexy Leuszler, Literary Manager

Congratulations to Tearrance Chischolm, Kara Lee Corthron, and Sam Lahne whose finalist plays Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies, Welcome to Fear City, and #julys respectively, will be part of the 2015 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. For more about the festival, click here

Adult Swim by Jonathan Spector was also an Honorable Mention Finalist. And Good Men Wanted by Kevin Armento, Hot Sauce Jesus by Joshua Rollins, and RUNBOYRUN by Mfoniso Udofia were finalists.

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